Cuneo family

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Cuneo crime family
Founding location United States New York City, New York
Years active 1910s-Present
Territory Various neighborhoods in New York City, includeds The Bronx and Manhattan; Upstate New York in New York; North Jersey in New Jersey; probably Canada
Ethnicity "Made men" are Italians, Italian-Americans, the associates are of other ethnicities
Criminal activities Racketeering, bookmaking, gambling, weapons trafficking, extortion narcotics trafficking, murder, corruption, labor unions, prostitution, fraud, loan-sharking, money laundering, robbery and bootlegging
Allies Barzini, Stracci, Corleone and Tattaglia crime families
Rivals Some street gang in New York City, and sometimes their allies

The Cuneo family is one of the Five Families of New York in the Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and the movie of the same name.


The family was founded in 1910s by Rosario LaConti, a powerfull racketeer, rum-runner and rival of Giuseppe Mariposa. After his death in 1933, the family was replaced by Ottilio Cuneo.

One of Five Families, base in The Bronx in New York City and very powerful in Buffalo and upper New York, the Cuneo family, along with Stracci, Barzini and Tattaglia crime families decide to invest in the Sollozzo heroin's trade, but when Sollozzo is killed in 1946 by Michael Corleone, Ottilio Cuneo declares war, with the other families on the Corleone family, with Emilio Barzini organising the killing of Sonny Corleone. Vito Corleone calls for a truce. Believing to be untouchable, Ottilio Cuneo goes on against the Corleone, endangering its territory in the Bronx. However, in 1955, Ottilio Cuneo is killed by Willi Cicci in the Tesla Hotel of Midtown.

Leo Cuneo, the youngest son of Ottilio, takes control becoming an ally of the Corleone family. Leo dies in the Atlantic City's massacre of 1979.

In the novel, Ottilio does not die in 1955, but becomes an ally of the Corleones. He is arrested in 1963 for conspiracy.

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The Cuneo crime family is based on the Lucchese and Magaddino crime families. How the Luccheses, the Cuneos are many influentials in The Bronx and Harlem, same as in the North Jersey, while how the Magaddinos, are powerfuls in Buffalo and the Eastern Canada.